Gunnar Persson: a personal memoir

Karl Gunnar Persson was professor in  Economic History at University of Copenhagen and one of the founders of EHES Written by: Giovanni Federico Gunnar Persson was tall, big, a little overweight, and a very, very nice man. He loved reading, classical music, cycling, football, eating and drinking good wine, and was a very good cook. He […]

Karl Gunnar Persson has passed away

Professor Karl Gunnar Persson This morning I was reached by the sad news that professor Karl Gunnar Persson has left us. He was one of the founders of the European Historical Economics Society, its first president and the first editor of the European Review of Economic History. More importantly Karl Gunnar Persson was one of […]

It is endogeneity, stupid!

Karl-Gunnar Persson isprofessor in Economichistory at University of Copenhagen  Realizing that  the working paper series of the European Historical Economics Society is approaching its 100th publication  makes  me remember a fringe meeting at the International Economic History Association congress in Milan 1994.  A fairly small group, just about a significant fraction of 100, associated with […]

The revealed comparative advantages of late-Victorian Britain

This blog post was written byBrian Varian, PhD candidate at LSE It has been argued that the manufacturing comparative advantages of late-Victorian Britain rested in the relatively labour-intensive industries. However, one problem with this argument is that Britain’s manufacturing comparative advantages have never been properly and systematically measured for any period prior to the twentieth […]

Knowledge Shocks Diffusion and the Resilience of Regional Inequality

This blog post was written byAlexandra Lopez-Cermeno, PhD, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid In the last decades, economic historians have shown that high-value added sectors locate in particular regions fostering growth at the expense of the de-industrialization of the rest of the economy. Part of the explanation is that comparative advantage comes from large population […]

Geneva FRESH Meeting on Economic History and Political Economy

The Frontier Research in Economic and Social History (FRESH) meeting took place at the University of Geneva from June 23-24, 2016. One keynote lecture and 11 presentations focused on the workshop theme “Economic History and Political Economy.” Keynote lecture by Pedro Lains The meeting began with a welcome address by Mary O’Sullivan (head of the […]

Capital shares and income inequality in the long run

Is there any relationship between the distribution of national income between capital and labour – factor shares, functional income distribution – and income inequality in terms of personal income distribution?Very broadly, there are two types of income distribution. So-called functional income distribution concerns the distribution of national income between classes, according to income types: employees, capital […]

World trade, 1800-2015

Giovanni Federico is Professorin Economic History atUniversity of Pisa Parallels are often drawn between the Great Recession of the past decade and the economic turmoil of the interwar period. In terms of global trade, these comparisons are based on obsolete and incomplete data. In a new EHES Working paper, we re-estimates world trade since the […]

Spanish Land Reform in the 1930s: Economic Necessity or Political Opportunism?

Spanish land reform, involving the break-up of the large southern estates, was a central question in Spanish politics during the first decades of the twentieth century. However, the historical debate on this issue has been hampered by the absence of information on access to land. A new EHES working paper is the first that provides quantitative […]